Jungle basic survival lessons from the Légion Etrangère (Foreign Legion)

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    Here is a recent video made by a journalist during a stay in the French Guyana at a survival training camp of the French Foreign Legion.
    Even if it is in French, I think most of you will recognize useful survival technics : using tarps, batonning, making a fire...
    It is not so much the technics that are interesting than the fact they are taught to novice soldiers.
     
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    The thing that strikes me as special about the Legion is how they can mold such a completely diverse group of men into a cohesive fighting unit.
     
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    I looked into the Legion as a career choice at one point. The thing that struck me was the lack of compromise, and choices for the candidate. YOU DO IT THEIR WAY. After the Marines, it was something I understood. Par le voix Frances?
     
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    The foreign legion is very cool. France has a law that says its armed forces can only fight on french soil. So to join you have to denounce your citizenship. It's kinda on the line of the Roman Legion good retirement few get to see. Nice video thanks for sharing.
     
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    You are true when you say French Foreign Legion is cool and very much appreciated.
    In the French Foreign Legion, you can not be French to be a soldier (officer can be French). So if you are French and want to join, you have to use another identity to join. You can use whatever identity you want to join, even if military intelligence will try to know the truth.
    But I am sorry but I don't know the law you refered to. There are many recent examples of French army fighting in other countries : Irak, Afghanistan, Syrie, Lybie, Mali... Even today two French commandos were killed in operation in Burkina.
     
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    @Nicolas CJ its in the French constitution and the commandos had to have been from the foreign legion because of this law
     
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    I am afraid I don't know this law you mention.
    As an example, today we have a special tribute to the two commandos killed in a hostage rescue operation in Burkina Fasso, in Africa. Both were from the Hubert commando, equivalent to the Navy Seals or SAS. Both were French. None was in the Foreign Legion before (I said that because if you stay 5 years in the Foreign Legion, you may get the French nationality).
    And as I said before, thousands French soldiers were and still are engaged in military operations in different countries, mainly in Africa and in the Middle East... (more than 10 000 French soldiers were engaged abroad in 2018).
    What is true is that the Foreign Legion is usually one of the first task force sent by French governement on a hot spot. Because it is very convenient, well trained and prepared. And it is part of the deal when you join the Legion. "French by the blood shed".
     
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    Link to citation of this?
     
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    C'est la guerre, C'est la Mercinare. Thanks for posting.
     
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